Monthly Archives: July 2012

A smattering of rain last night, but none in Wichita

Light, scattered rain showers settled some dust north and northwest of Wichita last night. Here’s a map from the National Weather Service showing where it rained.

As you can see, it didn’t amount to much either in area covered or intensity.

Drought outlook offers grim fall forecast

Don’t count on the change of seasons to bring meaningful rains to Kansas, forecasters say. If anything, the drought will only intensify.

Here’s a map of what the Climate Prediction Center projects through October:

Excessive heat warning for Wichita area until Wednesday night

The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued an excessive heat warning for 12 counties in southern and southeast Kansas until 7 p.m. Wednesday, including most of the Wichita metropolitan area.

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create dangerous conditions where heat illnesses are likely,” the weather service’s warning statement reads.

Heat indices of 105 to 108 are expected each of the next few days, forecasters say, with conditions worst at about 4 p.m.

Wichita weather: Heat advisory through Wednesday evening

The National Weather Service has a heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for 12 counties in south-central Kansas, with heat indices of up to 108 each day.

The weather service projects a high of 105 for Wichita today, though AccuWeather forecasts a high of 111 for downtown. South-southeast winds will climb into the teens.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible both early this morning and later this afternoon and tonight, forecasters say. Overnight lows will only fall to the low 80s, setting the stage for another scorching high on Wednesday.

Highs tomorrow could reach 108 or more in Wichita – in fact, AccuWeather is projecting another 111 for downtown Wichita again.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.

Another day, another record for Wichita

The thermometer has climbed to 110 today in Wichita, matching the record high for the date set in 1986.

The temperature may yet climb higher, giving 2012 the record all by itself. Stay tuned.

Most 100s in back-to-back years? That would be now

While 2012 trails last year’s record-setting total of triple-digit temperatures by some distance, the two years combined have already broken the mark for most 100s in back-to-back summers.

The 79 100s of 2011 and 2012 surpasses the old mark of 72 100s set in 1936 and 1937, according to data provided by AccuWeather. Much of that total comes from the 53 100s in 2011.

Expect the 2012 total to climb quickly this week, but if AccuWeather’s long-range forecast for August proves accurate there will be no assault on the record for most 100s in a summer.

Tornado touches down near summit of Mount Evans in Colorado

One of the highest tornadoes ever recorded in the world touched down northeast of Mount Evans’ summit in Colorado on Saturday, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Meghan Evans.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) initially reported that the tornado touched down at 12,500 feet, she wrote on the AccuWeather website, but an update on the Denver/Boulder National Weather Service Facebook page said the estimated elevation of the touchdown was 11,900 feet.

Karen Goodwin photo posted on Twitter

The Mount Evans tornado fell just 100 feet short of the highest tornado ever witnessed, Evans wrote. SPC records indicate a hiker spotted a tornado at 12,000 feet in Sequoia National Park in California on July 7, 2004.

Tornadoes are rare in elevations that high because air flow gets disrupted by the terrain, Evans wrote.

But it’s another reminder that tornadoes can form anywhere if the conditions are right.

A heat advisory and a slight chance of showers for Wichita

A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. for seven counties in south-central Kansas, including Sedgwick, Reno, Butler and Kingman counties.

There’s a slight chance for widely scattered thunderstorms after 4 p.m., too. The National Weather Service reports that isolated storms will fire up northeast of a line from Great Bend to Wichita to Coffeyville. The main threat from the stronger storms will be wind gusts of more than 50 miles an hour.

Outside of the storms, winds will be light, offering little relief from the heat. South breezes will be staying primarily in the single digits in the region today, forecasters say.

Sunday sees several temperature records fall around Kansas

Wichita wasn’t alone in setting temperature records on Sunday.

Chanute’s high of 110 broke the previous record of 108 set in 1986, according to the National Weather Service. Tribune had a record high of 106, breaking the previous record from 1980 by one degree.

Russell and Salina tied their record highs, matching the 107 of 1980 in Russell and the 108 from 1940 in Salina.

Two cities joined Wichita in setting record high lows on Sunday. Russell dropped to just 75, breaking the previous mark for July 29 from 1989 by one degree. Salina’s 77 also bettered the existing record from 1979 by one degree.

There hasn’t been a hotter day in more than 30 years

Wichita recorded its warmest day of the summer – and one of the warmest in decades – on Sunday.

The high of 111 broke the previous mark for July 29 of 109, set in 1978.

Forecasters had to go back to the legendary summer of 1980 to find a warmer day in Wichita, National Weather Service meteorologist Robb Lawson said.

The temperature reached 111 three times last summer, and Sunday was the hottest day of this summer – so far.

“Tomorrow’s going to be pretty brutal, too,” Lawson said.

Highs on Monday expected to reach 108, thanks in part to southwest winds drawing air from the desert.

That wouldn’t be a record, however, since it reached 110 on July 30 in 1986. Nonetheless, Wichita will flirt with record highs off and on throughout a scorcher of a week.

Highs are projected to climb between 105 and 110 for the next several days, Lawson said. A strong high pressure ridge over Kansas is deflecting fronts off to the north, he said.

The next chance for showers and temperatures not in the triple digits won’t arrive until next weekend, Lawson said.

Wichita didn’t just set a record high Sunday, it set a record low temperature as well – a record high low temperature, that is. The low of 83 easily surpassed the previous high low of 80, set more than 70 years ago in 1940.